The seven-minute televised intervention of king on Tuesday night gared in front of TV to 12,421,000 spectators, which meant a 76.7% screen share. Felipe VI addressed Spaniards in an exceptional way to situation created by independence challenge in Catalonia and called for restoration of constitutional order.
The most watched channel was Telecinco, with 2,637,000 spectators (17% share) followed by 1 (2,608,000, 16.8%), sixth (2,116,000, 13.5%) and Antena 3 (1,724,000, 11%). In Catalan autonomous channel, TV3, monarch's speech was followed by 918,000 spectators (with a share of 28.3%).
In Catalonia, where speech was broadcast by TV3 and generalist chains, king's address was followed by 2,853,000 spectators, achieving a screen share of 83.5% (only Aragon had greater share), according to a report by Barlovento Comunicación.
The King's speech on Tuesday night was first one he has made in an exceptional way. Until now he had only carried out traditional Christmas message always aired on night of December 24th. The message of last Christmas, in which Felipe VI launched a plea for respect and coexistence in Spain but avoided mentioning expressly to Catalonia, gared in front of television 5,822,000 spectators (with a 57.6% of screen share). It was a historic minimum of last two decades. The maximum was in year 2000 with 9,140,000 of spectators and a 87.2% of quota. In 2015 The Christmas speech was followed by 6,666,000 spectators (65.1% of quota). And in 2014, with his first Christmas message as monarch, were 8,241,000 people (73.4% of Cutoa) who met in front of television.